The Choice is Yours

So as the “Summer Run” is really kicking off in the coming weeks, I have a challenge and reminder to fellow rodeo contestants:

You chose to enter and you also have a choice in your attitude regardless of the outcome.

I realize there is disappointment when things don’t go well. Fair. But it irritates me to hear contestants excessively whining, complaining and feeling sorry for themselves when they aren’t winning. Or even acting like there some sort of soldier for enduring the trials of the rodeo trail. Why? Because there are plenty of people enduring hardships that they didn’t sign up for. YOU LITERALLY ENTERED THIS, on purpose. There are people fighting things they didn’t ask for: cancer, grief, disabilities, addiction,depression, poverty. I just wanted to put that little reminder out there, because perspective can do a lot for the attitude.

So for all those entered in these coming weeks, my challenge to everyone regardless of how it is going: choose gratitude. Be thankful you get the opportunity that most would love to have, be thankful for the horse your on, because most dream to have a horse that nice, be thankful for the places you get to go and people you get to meet, be thankful for your truck and trailer that get you there, (even when they inconvenience you because there are plenty of people that still rely on public transportation to get to work). Whenever you feel tempted to complain, try making a list of 5 things your grateful for.

I realize this is the livelihood for many and there are pressures associated with that. However, being a rodeo cowboy or cowgirl is a job that most would love to have. Appreciate that you are in a select group that GETS to make a living doing what you love. I’m not taking away from the hard work it requires to make that happen, but just rather a reminder to be appreciative. If it makes you miserable, McDonalds is always hiring.

It may be brash, but I can be candid because I truly used to be a really sorry loser. However, life humbled me. It taught me that losing in the arena or at any sport is rather irrelevant in comparison to some of the struggles people face in this life. So good luck to all my friends, and remind yourself that win or lose, you still have a choice.